In the first place, focusing on the response of the scientific community, the president of the College of Physicians of Catalonia, Jaume Padrós, it has clearly said that it is preferable to complete the schedule with AstraZeneca and “if there is no such possibility”, opt for Pfizer. “Listen to the experts, get vaccinated yes or yes “, has pointed out in a tweet.
The position comes the day after the Ministry of Health considered a “serious communication problem” that it is transferred to the citizenship that can be “chosen” when the Public Health Commission -in a very divided meeting- approved that the second prick for the essential workers under the age of 60 is from Pfizer.
In this meeting with the press, Health stressed that it was the Interterritorial Council, where the directors participate and not only the technicians, which agreed that only in the event that those summoned reject Pfizer, they are allowed to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca. And later Health decided that in these cases, they sign a informed consent where the possibility of suffering thrombi with the Anglo-Swedish serum is explained.
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But this concatenation of decisions does not convince the medical community. The president of the Collegiate Medical Organization At the national level, Tomás Cobo, in statements to EL PERIÓDICO, also points out that the AstraZeneca-AstraZeneca guideline is appropriate and criticizes that “delegate responsibilities of a purely scientific type to patients. “The Council of Medical Associations, faced with” the ups and downs of technical-political decisions “and the” confusion “generated, already positioned itself in mid-April in favor of completing the guideline with the preparation of the University of Oxford, in line with the recommendation issued by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on April 23.
In turn, the CSIC researcher, Margarita del Val, has indicated that it does not feel “with moral authority to recommend people to get a second dose of Pfizer, without having comparable safety data.” “They are putting the decision in the hands of people who they don’t have the information. Who has it is the EMA. They cannot put that weight of choosing because that distorts the vaccination campaigns, “he said in Telecinco.
There have also been several health professionals and disseminators who, in a private capacity, and through social networks have shown their discrepancy with the recent performance of the Darias department. Some consider that the reason for their insistence with Pfizer is that there is no sufficient doses of AstraZeneca. And others reproach him for communicating the number of thrombi in Spain behind closed doors, 20 cases and 4 deaths, and not with the transparency that other governments have reported on these cases.
On the part of the autonomies, the Galician president, Alberto Núñez Feijóo has reproached Health for “reporting deaths from thrombi” after verifying that the majority of citizens summoned this week are choosing to repeat with AstraZeneca. In Catalonia, on Thursday, the first day that immunization was resumed, 87% of those mentioned chose this preparation.
Beyond has gone the Madrid’s community that, ignoring Health, has not given up its intention to provide essential workers with an information document, prepared by the Ministry of Health, advising them to complete the immunization with AstraZeneca. In addition, in Madrid those who opt for Pfizer and for the non-combined guideline will have to sign an informed consent.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.